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When traveling, do horses ever get motion sick?

What do you give them if they do?

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Asked by Raine2001 at 8:28 PM on Apr. 1, 2010 in Pets

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  • I have often wondered that when I see a trailer full of animals on the freeway. It must be such an unnatural feeling to have to stand and go so fast. I can't even stand being in a vehicle.

    Answer by BlooBird at 9:01 PM on Apr. 1, 2010

  • They should not get motion sickness. IF there is a case where they do, they can't get sick to their stomachs and puke like we can. The worst that would happen is they would stress, and in that scenario, they may poop or skip a meal. But that can be monitored by offering water every 3-4 hours, and over a long trip, getting out and lunging them for 10mins or so to get some exercise every 6-8 hours would be good. Otherwise, no, I can't see one getting sick.

    Answer by matobe at 11:15 AM on Apr. 2, 2010

  • Motion sickness happens when your brain can't process the fact that the world is moving and you aren't the cause of the motion (this is why it's far less common to get motion sick when you're driving-- it's because YOU are controlling the motion). It's basically a "miscommunication" between your eyes and your brain.

    Horses' eyes work totally differently from ours. They have eyes on either side of their heads, so each eye picks up different signals. Therefore, their brains can accept more "fractured" input than ours can, without making them sick.

    Matobe is right in that horses aren't able to vomit like we are, but it isn't a worry anyway because they don't get carsick! :)

    Answer by coffee.crisp at 7:11 PM on Apr. 2, 2010

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